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Ripleys Believe It or Not

Ripley's Believe it or not is a large franchise. People and objects from all around the world are presented here.

Ripley's Believe It or Not is a famous franchise founded by Robert LeRoy Ripley. The popular books and television series introduce bizarre objects and people to the viewers and readers. People with special talents, unique abilities, and just out-of-the-ordinary objects are starred in the franchise.

In the New York Globe, Ripley's first cartoon feature, originally dealing with sports feats and attempts, Champs and Chumps, premiered on December 19, 1918. In October of 1919 Ripley started adding items not related to sports to his collection. Before this time he had not intended to broadcast bizarre items on the Television. It was during this period in time which he changed the name of the program to Believe It or Not.During the same period in time, Ripley hired Norbert Pearlroth to work for him as a researcher.Pearlroth ended up spending nearly 52 years of his life in the New York Public Library, working ten hours a day and six days a week, to find unusual and bizarre facts for Ripley. Ripley hired two more researchers to help take the load off of Pearlroth years later, Lester Byck and Don Wimmer.

Ripley first displayed his collection to the public at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933,labeled Ripley’s Odditorium, drawing over two million spectators and guest during the run of the fair. The successful opening caused thousands of trailer shows throughout the nation in the 1930's . Ripley died on May 27, 1949 due to a heart attack, but a year later the first permanent Odditorium was created in St. Augustine, Florida.

Even today there are nearly 40 Ripley's Believe it or not museums throughout the world. The books that come out each year are a popular hit, being bought by millions through out the world. In addition to the yearly issues, there are special additions featuring a specific topic or art. Some phenomenon's in his books seem phony, but assured by the company, all exhibits presented have an explanation.

The Ripley's Believe it or not museums are stationed in areas throughout the world. The most popular ones are located in California and Florida. Tickets to shows and entry fees can range from 10 dollars to nearly 25 dollars. Like all major public attractions timings for the museums are in place. Sun.-Thu., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (11 p.m. in summer); Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (midnight in summer). The museum in Hollywood is a prime attraction, for the great restaurants and grand hotels located nearby are excellent ways to spend time after you look through what the museum has to offer. The Guinness World Records Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum are nearby, this draws in more crowds to all three major attractions.

Throughout the years, great talents and objects have been discovered by the Ripley team. The most popular attractions include the Lizardman, The Catman, Worlds Longest Fingernails, Sword Swallowers, Fire-eaters, unique animals, and people with strange and odd talents. The company has collected and thousands of unique items to add to the collection, and thousands of more people with special talents. People who believe they are, or they have an object worth being presented int he book, contact the franchise thousands of times each year. Their fan base is growing each year, with more copies of books being bought and increasing traffic on their website,

Sources: Various books,, and the Ripley's Believe it or not Books.

FactoidFactor © 14 March 2010 ,All Rights Reserved.

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Comments (5)

I only got to see the one at niagara falls ontario, and I was not impressed. Not the kind of museum for me

a great one on Ripley

"Even today there are nearly 40 Ripley’s Believe it or not museums throughout the world." Wow! Ripley's has been my favorite since my teens! -- Shastri

I visited the Ripley's museum in St. Augustine, FL when I was there on my honeymoon. Definitely an interesting place and show!

Hey, I believe it.